James Cameron Says ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ is “Epically Scaled Horror” Along the Lines of Aliens
Posted on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by Russ Fischer
There’s a script review floating around of one draft of Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbin‘s script for At the Mountains of Madness. Because, based on my understanding, it isn’t reviewing a more recent draft, I’m not going to make too much of it. But the review was useful for pointing out a few statements that producer James Cameron recently made about the film, where, among other things, he claims that it could be a film on the scale of something like Aliens.
Cameron told Wired that At the Mountains of Madness is
…going to be an epically scaled horror film and we haven’t seen anything like that in a really long time — I guess since Aliens.
Cameron also talks about Guillermo del Toro as a director well-suited for the film.
The thing about Lovecraft is that he left a lot to the imagination,” …He never told you what they looked like. He managed to create a sense of creeping horror without specifics…Guillermo brings an eye for design that is so original and so quirky and so steeped in the lore of movie design and horror design, but always fresh and unexpected. Frankly, I just want to see what he comes up with and I want to enable the nuts and bolts of the production so he doesn’t have to worry about that. I want to help him how to work in 3-D.
If you’re really curious about the script review, which comes from the point of view of a hardcore fan of H.P. Lovecraft’s source novel, then you can read it here. The key points are that the script is summed up as “like a HELLBOY movie without Hellboy, with a light dose of Carpenter’s THE THING,” and said to be “not as bleak as Lovecraft’s novel or Carpenter’s film [In the Mouth of Madness] which was vaguely inspired by the spirit of this same novel.”